a The Transit Lounge: Walking The Dinosaur: WTD #`1 Melbourne to Sydney

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Tuesday, February 27

Walking The Dinosaur: WTD #`1 Melbourne to Sydney

And so begins the next adventure of a lifetime for me. I can't say the adventure of a lifetime because it certainly isn't my first and I doubt it will be my last.
Door to Door: Melbourne to Sydney
All Aboard: Emma and myself
Distance Covered: 884km
Time: Just under 10 hours. Left around 6am and pulled into Sydnet just before 4. Didn't really stop, had a quick coffee in Albury but on the go and then fuel break in Yass. Then a toilet stop not long after that! In fact all in all, our stops probably only totalled 30 minutes, including the fuel and air in Coldsteam at 6.30 this morning.
Out & About: Hotel we are staying in is very '70s Santa Fe blue/green. In fact it must be the colour of Ashfield, the suburb we are staying in, because the funeral parlous two doors down and many of the local business are all the same garish shade. Very Castro. Had to get some Dino props so walked down to Bunnibs and Em and I immediately became excited at the smell of a good ol' fashioned sausage sizzle and got in on the action. We then decided since we were staying put for the next 10 days we would go shopping and buy some groceries. Since we purchased so much, and the dockets were so long, we managed to get a few "Buy One Get One Free" meal vouchers for varous pubs around Sydney's West, so we decided to give one a go tonight, which is why we ended up at Selma's Grill at the Tavern Hill Hotel in Leichhardt...and promptly walked smack bang into the middle of a poker game. All the men have looked up and one guy has said "You here for the poker?" as we were busily studying our docket and answering. "Um no, we are just here for.....hang on wait til we find it....um...Selma's Grill."
The meals were cheap anyway and huge, and thanks to our shop-a-docket paid only $6 each.
Bizarre Moment: A very Kath n Kim kinda magic with the 3 generations of women at the table next to us. Gran, Mum and baby. Gran and Mum were puffing away into baby's face, with both having the Kath n Km hair respectively. Mum disappears, presumably to have shots upstairs with the poker players, and then after 10 minutes Gran asks us if we would keeop an eye on gorgeous baby while she goes off to, presumably, find Mum. Emma and I both stunned, looked at each other, looked back at her and nodded. Then burst out laughing as soon as she left.

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